Thursday, January 13, 2005

State of the Commonwealth Round-Up




In his opening-night speech to the General Assembly, the Democrat sometimes dabbled in revisionist history and, for example, generally glossed over last year's pitched battles with Republicans that eventually produced his signature achievement: a $1.4 billion package of tax increases.

Daily Progress

“I thought he gave a very Republican speech tonight,” said Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, a GOP candidate for governor. “He talked about tax cuts, torte reform, a commitment to public safety and reforming VDOT. “I think it’s a start in the right direction,” Kilgore said. “It was good to talk about so many of the issues that you’d expect to hear from a Republican governor.”

Virginia Pilot

Speaking to the jointly convened Senate and House of Delegates, Warner sought to soothe raw emotions left over from last year when the two chambers angrily disagreed on the size and scope of tax cuts, forcing the Assembly to remain in session an unprecedented two months past its scheduled adjournment. Lawmakers finally agreed on a record $1.4 billion increase.

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